From DreamWorks Pictures comes "People Like Us," a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine ("Star Trek") as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family--and re-examine his own life choices in the process.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The performances, especially Ms. Banks's Frankie and Ms. Pfeiffer's Lillian, partly compensate for the holes in a story whose timing is hard to swallow.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 06.28.2012
The movie's soap opera quality undermines its efforts to tell a family saga with much believability.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 06.28.2012
A sensitive, decent, well-crafted little drama about frailty and forgiveness.Ella Taylor, NPR, 06.28.2012
Its hard sell wears you down and draws you in, even as you know you're being manipulated.Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 06.28.2012